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Running head: PERSONALITY: SOCIAL-COGNITIVE AND HUMANISTIC1Personality: Social cognitive and Humanistic PerspectivesRick StaufferPSY/203May 30, 2016Kaisa Freeman
PERSONALITY: SOCIAL-COGNITIVE AND HUMANISTIC2Personality: Social-cognitive and Humanistic PerspectivesPersonality is made up by the demands put on people by their environment or surroundingsand by the different ways that people relate to each other. A personality study is a study thatdefines a person's characteristics that contribute to their uniqueness. Psychologists study Thesecharacteristics in an effort to try to understand them using different psychological areas of study.These studies are based upon the views of personality theorists. The perspectives of personalitycan be examined using more than one theory. A personality that is portrayed based on individuallearning history and the ways that people think are known as a social cognitive theorist. Anotherway to study personality is through the humanist theory which views personality as anexpression of a person’s unique potential (Nevid, 2012).The belief that behavioral changes are connected with changes of personality is known as asocial cognitive perspective. Within this theory, we believe that people have the ability to changetheir personality based on meaningful events such as their surroundings, behavior, or personalcircumstances. The social cognitive perspective comes from a social learning theory that fallsunder behaviorism. The first psychologists to study the practice of how learning affects ourindividual behavior was John B. Watson. Watson is responsible for the school of thought knownas behaviorism. The primary tenant of behaviorism is that only observable behaviors are worthyof research on account of other thinking such as individual mood, and/or thoughts are personal.B.F. Skinner was also another well-known behaviorist; Skinner views did not completely alignwith those of Watson's due to the fact that Skinner focused on the belief of internal states that

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Term
Winter
Professor
Karen Croley
Tags
Psychology, Social Cognitive Theory, social cognitive perspectives

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